With the holiday season behind us, it’s time to take down the decorations and embrace the New Year. But what to do with last year’s tree? Consider these Christmas tree disposal and recycling tips when it’s time to say goodbye to your natural Christmas tree.
As we part ways with yet another delightful holiday season, there comes that inevitable time when we must take down all of the lovely decorations and ornaments and welcome the New Year.
I’ve previously offered my own tips for storing Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations, but that still leaves us with another question: What to do with last year’s Christmas tree, now that the holiday is behind us?
When you have an artificial Christmas tree, things are pretty straightforward: Unplug it, take it apart, and spend the next 20 minutes wondering how it ever fit in the original packaging in the first place!
With a natural tree, things get a bit more… well, complicated.
To help, I’ve put together a few of the most common ways people dispose of – and even recycle – their old Christmas tree once the holidays are over.
Look Locally For Free And Inexpensive Tree Disposal Services
One of first (and simplest) things you can do is check locally to see what options are provided to you by your city or county.
A lot of towns have recycling centers that also handle Christmas tree disposal and recycling. Some will even pick-up the tree for you, saving you a trip in the process!
Of course, you’ll need to do a bit more research for this solution. Always make sure you call first to avoid being turned away at the door!
Turn Your Old Christmas Tree Into Mulch
This likely goes without saying, but Christmas trees are 100% biodegradable, meaning they make for excellent mulch!
Of course, turning a Christmas tree into mulch requires some heavy-duty tools, such as a chainsaw and a wood chipper. Make sure you turn to a professional if you’re not experienced using such equipment.
Likewise, a number of communities are beginning their own tree mulching programs. Your local department of public works should have more info for you. Try contacting them first!
Dispose Of Your Old Christmas Tree With Your Yard Waste
If you have a yard waste container that’s collected with your trash or recycling, chop the tree into smaller pieces so they fit easily into your waste container.
Of course, you’ll need to be very careful as you break the tree down. If you’re not comfortable or experienced enough to do it yourself, don’t put yourself at risk for injury: Turn to a professional for help.
Alternative Uses For Your Old Christmas Tree
Other popular options I’ve seen include turning your old tree into a bird habitat or fish feeder, using the branches as decoration, and taking the needles and using them to make your own, homemade potpourri!
Do you have any of your own tips for recycling a Christmas tree? I’d love to hear them! Let everyone know in the comments below.